Our prediction for this Ligue 2 match:
A place in the Ligue 1 will be at stake when Troyes and Lens face each other at Stade de l’Aube in the promotion play-offs final. Lens set up a meeting with Troyes by beating FC Paris on penalties on Tuesday evening, meaning that tired legs could prove to be a big problem for the away side in the decider. The Blood and Gold are determined to return to the French top flight, but Troyes, on the other hand, aim to defend the home field advantage.
Rui Almeida’s troops have been in a splendid form in the second half of the season. Troyes recorded eight wins in last nine league fixtures and that is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Lens are not regarded as good travelers and they are unlikely to spoil Troyes’ party at Stade de l’Aube.
Highlighted Player (Mathieu Deplagne):
Mathieu Deplagne is a French right-back who plays for Troyes in Ligue 1. Deplagne began his youth career at FC Sussargues (1996-2000) and in 2000 he moved to Montpellier. The defender made his first-team debut with La Paillade in the 2011/2012 season and he played for the club until the summer of 2017.
Mathieu Deplagne signed a three-year deal with Troyes in June, 2017 and the main reason why he left Montpellier is that he is hungry for a first-team football. The French footballer made only 19 appearances for Montpellier in the 2016/2017 season and he should establish himself as a first-team regular at Troyes.
The 183-cm-tall footballer, who was born on October 1, 1991, has yet to earn a call-up for France national football team. It has to be noted that he made his 100th appearance in Ligue 1 against Dijon on January 14, 2017. Mathieu Deplagne’s preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Troyes):
Founded in 1986, Troyes are considered one of the youngest clubs in French Ligue 1. Troyes returned to the top flight at the end of the 2016/2017 season, with the team finishing the regular season in third place in the Ligue 2 standings. Jean Louis Garcia’s men proved their worth in the promotion play-offs, with the team beating Lorient in the two-legged tie.
Troyes are well known for their blue shirts, but they wear white when playing on the travels. Stade de l’Aube is the club’s home ground and the stadium can hold up to 20.400 spectators. The venue was built in 1924, but it was renovated on two occasions (1956, 2004). The club have yet to win the Ligue 1 trophy, but in 1956 they made it to the French Cup final.
Troyes faced Sedan in the title game and they were totally outplayed by Louis Dugauguez’s troops (3-1) at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir. Roger Courtois’ team were three goals down after 57 minutes, but five minutes later Fernand De Vlaeminck scored a consolation goal for the Stade de l’Aube outfit.